And still…there’s no flyweight champion. Deiveson Figueirdo did indeed win, but because he missed weight the flyweight belt is still vacant. Not going to lie, that’s not good for the division, which many people believe the UFC should get rid of. Will they do it though? My guess is probably not.
Also this weekend, Amanda Nunes now has not one, but two top contenders to fight for her featherweight belt. Will the UFC give Felicia Spencer or Megan Anderson the next title shot? Let’s figure out what’s going next for some of the fighters involved in this weekend’s UFC Norfolk card on this Matchmaker Monday.
Deiveson Figueiredo, flyweight
Result: defeated Joseph Benavidez by second-round TKO
Next: Winner of Jessier Formiga vs. Brandon Moreno
The UFC will still try and keep this division. They can always use it as a co-main event on a pay per view, or to headline a fight night. As the promotion moves forward, Figueiredo is now the face of the division.
Figueiredo looks huge at flyweight, so I’m not surprised he missed weight. However, truth is that’s the only time he’s ever missed weight and he said it won’t happen again.
Let’s take him at his word. Plus his record it legit so there’s a lot of promise there.
Joseph Benavidez, flyweight
Result: lost to Deiveson Figueiredo by second-round TKO in UFC Norfolk main event
Next: Loser of Jessier Formiga vs. Brandon Moreno
Everyone feels horrible of Benavidez. The guy can’t catch a break in a title fight. At this point it’s back to drawing board. He can still win the belt, but he’ll need some help.
For now let him fight the loser of Formiga and Moreno. The division isn’t too deep so that seems like a safe place for Benavidez to start yet another run towards a title fight.
The fighter to fight Amanda Nunes at UFC 250 in May
Winner: Felicia Spencer
I give the nod to Spencer and here’s why. She has a win over Anderson and she has one loss compared to Anderson’s four. Oh and the obvious reason of she went the distance with Cris Cyborg. Will she beat Nunes, probably not, but she won the right to fight the GOAT of women’s MMA.